I saw Mike run into the bedroom and grabbed his .22 rifle, and ran out. This surprised me as the owners (or at least the wife) doesn’t want anyone to harm the wildlife. It’s actually written in the rules.
I found out later, it was a water moccasin. Even though (according to Michala) she didn’t freak, she called all the kids into the laundry room and told Mike to get his gun.
I guess there are exceptions to those rules.
(note: The picture above is a Florida Water Moccasin and since Zemanta had none from Texas, I used it. I hadn’t seen the offending snake, so I’m not sure it they look the same)